For its regular-season finale, the Enterprise Wolves and Cedar Lady Reds had two different objectives.
Enterprise wanted to get some competitive seasoning for its state tournament. Cedar wanted to leave the field with its overall health relatively in tact with the 3A tournament only four days away.
Both teams accomplished their goals, and the Wolves ended up with the winning margin on the scoreboard.
After giving up two early home runs, Enterprise pitcher Dakota Robinson did damage with her bat, driving in five runs as the Wolves beat Cedar 11-5 on a blustery day Wednesday at the EHS field.
Enterprise (19-7) did the bulk of its offensive work in the first three innings, scoring nine runs after Cedar took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back home runs from Javlyn Weaver and Marinn Whitney in the first.
“We’ve been strugglng a bit, but we played Snow Canyon well and it was nice to play well today,” Enterprise coach Duane Wallin said. “Hopefully it will give us some momentum as we head to state. We tried to schedule hard opponents who would challenge us.”
The Wolves answered Cedar’s initial outburst with three runs in the bottom of the first. Robinson had an RBI single in the inning and added a two-run double in the second as Enterprise extended the lead to 5-2.
Cedar (13-10) took advantage of the windy conditions and tied the game with three runs in the third coming from Weaver’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot, and an RBI single by Bree Brunson.
But Enterprise regained the momentum with four runs in the bottom of the frame, including a solo home run from Kim Bishop, the No. 9 hitter in the Wolves’ batting order.
“Once you get ahead, it’s a better way to play,” Wallin said. “We had some solid hitting today.”
Robinson added an RBI double in the fifth, and McKenzy Huntsman used a bunt single to score the Wolves’ final run in t he sixth.
The Lady Reds used Whitney and Weaver as pitchers in the circle and shuffled its lineup in the later stages. Head coach Dave Carter said the game was a chance to do some experimenting.
“I was a little nervous about it because the game didn’t mean anything,” Carter said. “We didn’t want to get any girls hurt before the tournament, so we got everyone some reps who might not see them at state.
“We hit good, but didn’t look that good defensively today. Every ball that was hit in the air had a chance to drop.”
The Wolves open play at the 2A tournament in Spanish Fork on Thursday against American Leadership, while Cedar plays Carbon at home in the 3A tournament Saturday.
WARRIORS 9, FLYERS 4: The Warriors stuffed the middle innings with runs to take down the Flyers in an exhibition game Tuesday, played at Snow Canyon.
Sonya Hardy, Madison Mooring and Shelbee Hutchings all recorded doubles in mutli-hit efforts. Ashley Miller also recorded a solo home run. Heather Prestwich picked up the win over seven innings.
Summer Simkins started for the Flyers and pitched 51⁄3 innings, having more success on offense, as she led the way by going 3 for 4 with a home run.
CANYON VIEW 10, BISHOP GORMAN (NEVADA) 3: The Falcons scored three runs in the first inning and cruised to the victory to wrap up the regular season Tuesday.
Josie Platt picked up the win in the circle, scattering five hits as Canyon View improved its record to 17-5. Kaitlyn DeLange homered and Kelsee Hyatt added a double in the win.